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How can we leverage partnerships to tackle development challenges? Insights from Community Jameel

Thursday, March 1, 2018, by Fady Mohammed Jameel

Community Jameel was formally established in 2003 to continue the Jameel family's tradition of supporting the community. Its long-standing relationship with MIT is grounded in a shared belief in the value of bringing the brightest minds to bear on persistent problems facing communities around the world.

Our partnerships with MIT are working to address some of the major challenges of the twenty-first century:

Teaching at the Right Level: Inside the classroom

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, by Ashleigh Morrell and Kim Tichmann

The application of the Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach in Zambia, through the Ministry of General Education’s Catch Up program, provides an opportunity to capture key aspects of TaRL in an African context.

TaRL pioneer Pratham, together with J-PAL Africa, worked closely with the Ministry of General Education to produce a set of videos that transport the viewer into a... Read More

People meeting

What have we learned about building a culture of data and evidence use in government?

Monday, February 5, 2018, by Samantha Carter, Julu Beth Katticaran, Claudia Macías, and Claire Walsh

Earlier this month, we wrote about how partnerships funded by J-PAL’s Government Partnership Initiative (GPI) have helped increase governments’ use of data and evidence in policymaking in places like Chile, India, Peru, and Zambia.

One common theme across all of GPI’s partnerships is that they are led by a champion in government who is making evidence-informed policy a priority. We could not contribute data and evidence to policy decisions without their leadership and dedication. Read More

Using evidence to improve open government initiatives

Thursday, January 25, 2018, by Aulia Anggita Larasati

One way that open government initiatives can improve service delivery is through increasing transparency—for instance, by providing information about social programs and citizens’ eligibility and rights under such programs. Read More

Mary Ann Bates, executive director of J-PAL North America, speaks at a recent TEDx event.

It improved lives elsewhere. Will it here?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, by Mary Ann Bates

TED is about ideas worth spreading. But which ideas are worth spreading? Ideas from where? When we try to solve some of the biggest challenges our societies face, our first instinct is to look at what worked elsewhere. But can we really teach math like they do in Singapore? Or design a health program like they have in Sweden? Read More

Increasing the use of data and evidence in real-world policy: Stories from J-PAL’s Government Partnership Initiative

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, by Samantha Carter and Claire Walsh

At J-PAL, we often talk about the importance of using evidence to design and implement effective policies and programs, and many governments are working to make it a priority. But what does this look like in practice? How can we best support governments in finding and applying the evidence they need to make informed decisions?

We manage the Government Partnership Initiative (GPI), a J-PAL fund that supports... Read More

Meet our new executive director

Thursday, January 11, 2018, by Eliza Keller

Iqbal Dhaliwal is the new executive director of J-PAL, succeeding Rachel Glennerster, who has joined DFID as its chief economist. Earlier Iqbal was deputy executive director, and prior to that, founding director of J-PAL's policy group. Before joining the organization in 2009 he was a director in an economics consulting firm and an official in India’s senior civil service, where he worked on policy formulation and program implementation. ... Read More